The Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes employers for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for employees, customers and community members who ride bicycles.
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1211 1st – Bronze
Owner Rick Noll’s initial application did not result in certification, so he used feedback from the Pedal Power Promoter’s team and the League to create secure indoor bicycle parking and a shower that bike commuters can use. Rick then re-applied and is now receiving a Bronze designation. This is the first multi-tenant mixed use facility to be BFB in St. Pete! A pretty good story, don’t you think? It speaks to a small developer’s desire to provide amenities that his customers want: support to commute by bike.
ABC Bicycles – Gold
6633 Central Avenue
ABC Bicycles/Trek St. Pete is the city’s oldest bike shop. They handle everything from service to rentals. This community-centric shop aims to make St.Pete a safer place to bike, including sharing information about local bike events, road safety, and educating about the City’s Complete Streets projects. In addition to great service, this shop’s staff goes above and beyond to keep trails clean and encouraging the community to join.
Alternative Therapy Center – Bronze
1631 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Located along Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., the physical therapy/AirB&B business is in a prime location for bicycling. Plans to add bike lanes and center landscaped medians under the city’s Complete Streets program is moving forward. Active in the MLK Business District, owner Gina Hubany networks with other business owners and clients, many who are sports riders and fellow St. Pete Bicycle Club members. Gina is the first St. Pete Bicycle Club member to become BFB-certified. An avid cyclist herself, she promotes cycling with education, sponsorship of city cycling events, and displays custom bicycle-themed art throughout her businesses.
Anytime Fitness – Bronze
900 Central Ave.
Bicycling and fitness go hand in hand with the club’s downtown location where members are encouraged to substitute four wheels for some additional two-wheeled pre-and post-workout cardio. Chris Werner and his team actively encourage members to ride, for overall fitness as well as to help the environment. They also incorporate bicycling into established classes as “a simple and fun way to inspire group members to ride…and start building a habit.” The facility recently added a second outside bike rack and limited secure inside bike parking. Future plans include adding vertical bike storage and loaner bike lights for guests leaving after dark.
ARTicles Gallery – Bronze
1445 Central Ave.
Bringing the community together through bicycling is a passion for gallery owner Leslie Curran. A cycling enthusiast, she welcomes riders with water and a place to store their bike inside if they don’t have locks. In addition to educating the public about art, ARTicles also hosts free public workshops on bike safety and the health benefits of riding, including community bike rides. And when the city hosts special events along Central Ave., Leslie requests additional bike racks for guests. Two of the three gallery staff are bicycle commuters, including Leslie, who uses her small gallery space to its full advantage. “When I ride my bike here I bring it in…, secure it inside, and ‘take a shower’ in the sink.”
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pasteria
945 Central Ave.
While providing gourmet pizza to hungry customers is their bread and butter, supporting employees with healthy, low-cost transportation options is crucial to Bavaro’s overall success. Employees who bike to work take advantage of no parking fees, improved parking locations, and better health. Employee James Sinclair welcomes the sense of community from working in a business that encourages bicycle safety and participation in special events, like Bike to Work Day. Bavaro’s is also a SafePlace business, welcoming diversity. “I make sure we’re…very welcoming for all, because what we do at Bavaro’s is all about taking care of the community.”
The Bikery – Silver
2222 1st Avenue South
Reflective of its pro-bike values, this coffee spot/bike shop hybrid encourages cyclists to park their bikes inside the shop, rather than locking them up outside, while enjoying a coffee or local brew. In addition to offering a bountiful selection of beverages, The Bikery sells high-quality sets of wheels and custom fits riders. The company also organizes and participates in various bike-centric community events, including holiday group rides and biking trips to Fort De Soto.
Black Crow Coffee – Silver
727 22nd Street North
Welcome to St. Petersburg’s first certified Bicycle Friendly Business! Located in the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, owner Deana Hawk’s passion for pedal power is evident from the bicycle corral-converted parking space outside her business to staffers wearing St. Pete Bicycle Co-op t-shirts and bike art adorning the walls. Bicycle enthusiasts benefit from Deana’s strong partnerships with local cycling advocacy groups, including Shift St. Pete and St. Pete Bike Co-op, as well as being a Safe Zone-designated business, which welcomes all in the community. “People who ride here are very proud to ride, and when they share the space in my business, they spread the word and others begin to ride. This is a great way to strengthen the community.”
City of St. Petersburg City Hall – Silver
175 5th Street North
The City of St. Pete is proud to receive Bicycle Friendly Business’ Silver-level designation. Mayor Rick Kriseman said it best: “Biking is good for workers, good for businesses, good for neighborhoods, good for sustainability and good for the City.”
City of St. Petersburg Municipal Services Center – Silver
One 4th Street North
The City’s Municipal Services Center is proud to be a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business and provide amenities to employees who choose to commute on two-wheels.
City of St. Petersburg, The Greenhouse – Silver
440 2nd Avenue North
The Greenhouse is a collaboration between the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg that provides business counseling, training, networking, growth or specialized assistance and access to capital and credit for startups.
Coast Bike Share, St. Petersburg – Gold
Coast Bike Share is the first business in St. Pete and the second business in the entire Tampa Bay region to receive Bicycle Friendly Business’ Gold-level designation. Additionally, Coast Bike Share won Bike/Walk Tampa Bay’s Best Social Bike Ride of the Year award in July 2018. This two-wheeled transit company offers hundreds of comfortable, affordable bicycles at various locations throughout St. Pete, encouraging a holistic and convenient way to commute and explore.
Craftsman House – Bronze
2955 Central Ave.
Located in St. Pete’s Grand Central District, this working pottery studio, gallery and café is, as owner and cyclist Jeff Schorr says, all about “Getting more people to bike!” From tackling numerous historic preservation restrictions for bike parking and outside shower access for employees who bike, Jeff has succeeded in becoming truly Bicycle Friendly. A member of several bicycle advocacy groups as well as the Central Avenue Council, Jeff is committed to the benefits of two-wheeled transportation, convincing Preserve The Burg, formerly St. Petersburg Preservation, to add bicycle tours to their monthly walking tours. As an AirB&B host connecting with more than 200 guests a year, he encourages people of all ages to patronize the city’s Coast Bike Share program while visiting local bicycle friendly businesses. And if that’s not enough, bike over to the Craftsman House and see how Jeff brings the art of two wheels to life.
Creative Clay – Bronze
1846 1st Ave. N.
Fostering an appreciation of art and bicycling, Creative Clay offers bicyclists convenience, surrounded by bike lanes, easy access to the city’s bike share program and close proximity to city bike trails. The 20 year old nonprofit, which helps people with disabilities express themselves through art and provides community art outreach, allows bikes in common areas and at employee workstations with changing rooms and lockers available. And a new outdoor bike rack, funded through a city CRA grant, provides a safe, ADA-accessible location for public bike parking. Creative Clay Executive Director Kim Dohrman, who’s passionate about cycling, continues to improve her organization’s bike-friendliness, working with the city to add more bike parking and other bicycle-friendly amenities.
Cycle Brewing – Bronze
534 Central Avenue
Located in Downtown St. Pete, this craft brewery and tasting room has made quite a name for itself when it comes to a unique take on barrel-aged brews and super fresh IPAs. The name is a nod to founder Doug Dozark’s affinity for cycling and commitment to bike culture, making Cycle Brewing’s designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business no surprise.
EDGE District – Bronze
11B Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. S.
The EDGE District is all about small business. Now it’s about small business and bicycles. Executive Director Barbara Vogelwede is developing a long-term master plan that gives pedestrians, residents and bicyclists an edge in her district, no pun intended. The Florida Main Street district offers walkable and bike-able advantages for visitors, residents and employees alike, including special events, art galleries and its collection of unique shops which attract a bike-centric crowd, “Being able to explore the district––being able to go through the district at a pace where they can really enjoy what they’re seeing, talk to people, easily stop, have a nice safe place to park their bike.”
Ferg’s – Bronze
1320 Central Ave.
St. Pete residents have been coming to Ferg’s Sports Bar for years. The centrally-located social hub that’s grown with improvements to Central Ave. is now a popular spot for two wheels. “Parking’s a major problem in downtown and it’s becoming bigger and bigger here. If [staff and guests] can ride a bike it saves everybody.” Owner Mark Ferguson recognized the need for additional, secure bike parking, adding larger bike racks and turning an outdoor seating area into semi-secure parking for bike clubs or groups patronizing Ferg’s. With his business near the Pinellas Trail, he’s also passionate about the Booker Creek expansion, which will allow patrons and employees a safer ride. An advocate of bicycle friendliness, Mark spreads the word about cycling events in-house and to followers on social media.
Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) – Bronze
3110 1st Ave N Suite 2H
Like many of St. Petersburg’s BFB-certified social service organizations, the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) has become a strong supporter of events such as Open Streets St. Pete and the city’s Complete Streets initiative. Due to Tampa Bay’s limited transportation options, according to FCAN Campaign Organizer and avid cyclist Lisa Frank, “the bike is the most powerful tool for making those first mile/last mile connections.” FCAN has also empowered residents to develop innovative transportation solutions to improve the lives of those who live near St. Pete’s busier streets. Back in the office, FCAN’s senior managers do their part by using bikes for work-related trips while promoting free monthly bicycle safety/education workshops and group rides for employees and the public.
Florida CraftArt – Bronze
501 Central Ave.
A central location and unique, engaging window exhibits make Florida CraftArt a natural stopping place for bicycling tourists and local visitors. Development Director Rhonda Sanborn says the gallery enjoys recognizing its two-wheeled tourists with bicycle-related exhibits, jewelry, and “helping people see as much as they can and enjoy our city to the fullest.” Similar to the walking mural tour, Florida CraftArt is exploring a collaborative mural tour with Coast Bike Share as well as a “see on your own” bicycle tour of St. Pete’s vast mural collection where riders can personalize their experience depending on available time. We’re all about things made by hand and helping people appreciate ‘not fast/quick/get there/make it’. We want to promote the craft of biking, the full experience.”
Florida Print Solutions – Bronze
432 31st St. N.
Increasing mobility and transportation in the area while helping neighbors are only just some of the reasons Florida Print Solutions became bicycle friendly. A designated Safe Place, General Manager Annette Suggs says FPS specifically chose a non-industrial location to be a part of the community. “It’s very important…to be available to the community. Lots of our clients are from the local [low-income] neighborhood.” FPS has rolled into being bicycle friendliness by appointing an employee bike coordinator who tracks the numbers of bike commuters, length of bike trips, as well as special event promotion and the benefits of bicycling. FPS is also the print sponsor of Open Streets St. Pete, along with other advocacy groups, providing the event with an in-kind donation of promotional event collateral.
Green Bench Brewing Company – Silver
1133 Baum Ave. N.
Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award winner and the city’s first craft microbrewery, Green Bench Brewing Company tips a pint toward a sunny climate, an urban location, and limited parking availability as reasons for its bicycle friendliness. Green Bench owner and founder Nathan Stonecipher, top management and employees all bike to work. Along with the casual dress code, all employees enjoy free bike parts, discounts on bike-related goods and services, and a tool shed where employees can repair their bikes at no cost. Green Bench not only offers unique brews, it shares a sense of community with both bicycling and non-bicycling patrons. “We’ve had groups from every walk of life. The community knows our doors are open to every person. We’ve never had to work to curate that because it has happened naturally.” Bicycling guests benefit from secure bike parking, covered outdoor bike racks, accommodations for specialty bikes, and participating in special events like bike-in movie nights, rodeos, organized rides, Open Streets St. Pete, safe riding workshops and more.
The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge – Bronze
Albert Whitted Airport, Second Floor
540 1st Street SE
The Hangar has been awarded a Bronze-level for Bicycle Friendly Businesses. Located at Albert Whitted Airport, this restaurant supports St. Pete’s healthy lifestyle by having designated areas for employees and customer to lock and store their bicycles.
Independent Bar – Silver
1049 Central Ave.
Whether you use motorized or two-wheeled transportation, everyone’s welcome at the Independent, but the bar is especially supportive of its bicyclists. Partnering with local bike organizations and working closely with Preserve The ‘Burg (formerly St. Petersburg Preservation) by offering free space has allowed owner Daniel Schmidt to completely immerse in the Bicycle Friendly experience. He’s also a proponent for bicycle education and hopes every business is as supportive as the Independent. “I think all the businesses [in St. Pete] need to understand how to work with cyclists. For us, we want to have a place they can bring their bikes, or put the bikes inside when they come for safety purposes. Biking is a social element now, people are saying ‘I don’t need to drive my car everywhere, I can take a less [environmentally] impactful mode.’ I like it!”
King of Peace Metropolitan Community – Bronze
3150 5th Ave. N.
An avid bicyclist, Senior Pastor Candace Shultis is pedaling her way into the community by combining the King of Peace mission of improving community health with her passion for cycling. Candace spreads the word to congregants about community special events and other cycling opportunities, such as the benefits of being located in the city’s first Bicycle Friendly Block. Efforts include surveying her congregation to learn how many could potentially bike to church. Another is sponsoring a team in TheSmartRide.org, a 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The ride benefits Florida LBGTQ organizations, including Metro Wellness, another certified BFB, and supports the church’s mission of providing health and wellness education and testing. “For much of its existence, King of Peace has been dedicated to community health. Being bike-friendly is an extension of this dedication – encouraging residents to be more active, such as by bicycling, is a key way to improve community health.”
Metro Wellness – Bronze
3251 3rd Ave N #125
Metro Wellness has jumped onboard the bicycle friendly movement as a way to promote health and wellness along with reducing the carbon footprint. Similar to King of Peace, Metro supports that mission with strong participation in TheSmartRide.org, which supports Metro’s objective of HIV/AIDS prevention. Following a move to their current location, Metro saw a need to become bicycle friendly, exploring ways to add covered or indoor bike parking for staff and clients while including diversity training in bicycle safety workshops, demos, and special events. Metro is a passionate advocate of the Bicycle Friendly Block, working closely with Block-certified businesses and the city to encourage non-certified businesses to embrace bicycle friendliness and apply for certification.
Necessories – Bronze
953 Central Avenue
Owner Dyan Demeidio embraces women in need, offering shoppers ethnically-diverse goods, including those with bicycle imagery, produced by small women-cottage-industries from her global women’s store in the EDGE District. Collaborating with events that offer second-hand clothing to women in transition, Dyan recognizes they may have no other form of transportation other than a bicycle or their feet. She’s exploring options for a bike-friendly fundraiser to provide women in transition with bicycles or money to buy bicycles. A bicyclist herself, Dyan is an active promoter of the city’s Bike Share program and worked with the EDGE District and the city to get bike racks installed in front of her business.
Pesky Pelican Brew Pub – Bronze
923 72nd Street N
Pesky Pelican is proud to be League-Certified as a Bicycle Friendly Business. The Brew Pub earned its Bronze-level status by not only having designated bicycle stations for employees and customers, but it’s also conveniently located right on the Pinellas Trail.
Preserve the ‘Burg – Silver
Preserve the ‘Burg fully embraces the active lifestyle of St. Pete. PTB works with Coast Bike Share to host Bicycles, Buildings and Neighborhoods, which is a monthly bike tour of St. Pete. PTB is a proud Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business.
Pinellas Ale Works (PAW) – Silver
1962 1st Avenue S.
PAW has been a part of the St. Pete culture since 2016. This inclusive brewery is a proud to be League-Certified with a Silver-level designation for Bicycle Friendly Businesses. PAW welcomes all on wheels, foot, and even paws!
Room 901 – Bronze
901 1st Avenue S
Preventing bike theft for customers and employees is a top priority for Bicycle Friendly Business owner Peg Wesselink. In addition to providing staff with bicycle education, she personally invested in a custom bike rack for in front of her business. “..we are a huge destination for cyclists. There can be 20 bikes deep on our custom rack.” And because Room 901 is housed in one of the city’s older buildings and lacks adequate indoor space for bike storage, she’s looking into wall-mounted bike hooks. Peg also has plans to be a leader in a future U-lock program. To address the limited parking around her business and reduce bike theft, Wesselink also strongly supports bicycle valets for Rays games and other special events.
SPCA Tampa Bay – Bronze
3250 5th Avenue North
Historic Kenwood’s newest animal-friendly business is now bicycle-friendly. Director Martha Boden, who spearheaded the concept of a Bicycle Friendly Block, encouraging business neighbors to champion pedal power, also inspires SPCA employees and visitors to ride. SPCA Tampa Bay offers limited indoor bicycle parking for clients and employees. Bicycle ‘Happy Hours,’ community rides, commuter breakfasts are held while free lunch-and-learns offer both bicyclists and motorists an opportunity to learn the rules of the road. A member of the city’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Chamber’s Transportation Committee, and local bicycle advocacy groups, Martha equates pet-friendliness with bike-friendliness as each “enhances community connectedness, health and well-being..the best shelter (for people and pets) is a humane community.”
St. Petersburg Bicycle Co-op – Platinum
559 Mirror Lake Dr. N
The St. Pete Bike Co-op is a non-profit organization that provides people of all ages and backgrounds with assistance and instructions on how to repair and maintain bicycles. The Co-op is community-centered and volunteer-run and provides affordable ways to acquire and maintain a bike, offers bicycle related education programs, promotes bicycle safety, encourages reuse and recycling, and promotes general bicycle advocacy. The Co-Op is the first Platinum in St. Pete, and they’re actually only the second Platinum in the whole state of Florida! (The other’s in Miami.) The most significant action taken by the Co-op in the past year has been major upgrades to the Open Shop Program.
St. Petersburg Chamber – Bronze
100 2nd Ave. N., #150
Along with the city, the St. Petersburg Chamber has become one of St. Petersburg’s strongest champions for bicycle friendliness. Chamber leadership is always aware of the city’s pulse with an eye toward economic growth, according to Chamber President Chris Steinocher, “The Chamber…exudes the culture of community we’re trying to evoke that attracts the talent that is going to be the future of our economy–and that talent wants communities that are accessible, livable, bikeable”. The Chamber has is a staunch promoter of bicycling’s economic benefits to business, including Bike Share and the Complete Streets strategy along with showing the value of diversity in transportation options.
TapHouse 61 – Bronze
2061 Central Avenue
Taphouse 61 is in the Grand Central District and located near a St. Pete bike share. This local hangout is proud to hold a Bronze-level designation and encourages all to come by bicycle to enjoy beers and the neighborhood atmosphere.
Trek Bicycle Store St. Petersburg – Gold
3169 4th Street North
ABC Bicycles/Trek St. Pete is the city’s oldest bike shop. They handle everything from service to rentals. This community-centric shop aims to make St.Pete a safer place to bike, including sharing information about local bike events, road safety, and educating about the City’s Complete Streets projects.
The Wheelhouse – Bronze
7220 Central Avenue
The Wheelhouse has been awarded the Bronze-level for Bike Friendly Businesses. This hangout spot features store-front bike racks and hosts West Side Test Ride, a bike ride and pub crawl event in St. Pete.